Today I was drinking from one of my favourite mugs whilst I was at work. My friend Kate who knows just how ‘horse mad’ I am got it for me one Christmas.
It got me thinking about how difficult it can be to apply all your attention to work when you are at work, and how so many of us think about work when we are at home. It seems to be the wrong way round and it can be very frustrating!
Most of us we don’t just dream of a leisure activity that we would rather be doing when we are sitting at our desks, in some ways that would be quite pleasant. We might worry about a bill we need to pay, something we need to do when we get home, how we are going to fit in all of our jobs and still have time to make dinner. Life gets so hectic that keeping our minds on our work can be really difficult at times.
The great news is that mindfulness really can be a solution to this problem. It can make our home life and our work life much happier. We all want to do a good job and I think everyone would accept that increased focus and concentration at work leads to better results. If we do a good days work then when we get home we feel much better about ourselves.
Meditation is a great start to becoming mindful and we can train our brains so that we are able to focus and concentrate when we need to. We can also teach our brains to switch off when we want to, to ‘down tools’ for a few minutes to give ourselves a break from all the mental chatter that goes on. The ability to do this is amazing, it allows us to perform better and enjoy our time off. Sound too good to be true? Well give it a go.
Little and often is the best way with meditation. Repetition is essential in order to train our brains. The more regularly you do mindfulness related exercises the better able you are to change from your hectic everyday head to a calm and focussed state of mind.
Try sitting for just 5 minutes to get started. Set a timer on your phone.
Keep it really simple. Sit up straight in a chair. Close your eyes.
Focus on your breath. Notice each breath enter and leave your body.
When your mind wanders simply notice that it has wandered and then bring your attention back to your breath.
When your timer goes off sit and notice the calm and relaxed focus that you feel. You will find yourself thinking more clearly from the first time you do this. Just imagine what amazing results it could have for you if you do it regularly. Try it every day for a week and see the difference.
By bringing your attention back to where you want it to focus you are teaching your brain to concentrate where you want it too. Rather than running riot and thinking about anything and everything your are able to apply your mind as you chose. It really is an amazing skill that makes you more clear thinking than you would ever expect. When you think clearly you communicate clearly and this makes a massive difference to the world around you.
Come on a Revitalise session to get the most out of your mind. Stop fighting distraction and learn how to train your brain. Once you see the benefits for yourself you won’t turn back.